Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sleep Apnea complications

If you suffer from sleep apnea or know of someone who suffers from sleep apnea then you should realize the potential health fallout from this sleep disorder. The problems range from emotional stress all the way to possible death.

Here is a listing of just some of the complications.

  • As you can expect someone with sleep apnea isn’t going to sleep the whole night through without interruption. Sleep Fragmentation is common in other sleep disorders besides sleep apnea but its effects are probably greatest with OSA.  
  • If you have sleep apnea you can expect a drop in energy and a drop in your sex life. Erectile dysfunction is also common with sleep apnea patients. 
  • Without the deep sleep that helps rest the body and revive the brain, your memory will be adversely affected. 
  • Sleep apnea patients have a higher risk of strokes
  • One of my doctors explained why he thought that depression was common among sleep apnea sufferers. “You would be depressed too if you haven’t sleep for years.” 
  • The lack of oxygen caused by the blockage of the airway in your throat is bad news for your brain which depends on that oxygen. 
  • Last but not least sleep apnea patients have a greater chance of getting a heart attack than anyone.

For these complications and others not mentioned it stands to reason that sleep apnea should be taken seriously.

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  1. I have had sleep apnea for a few years now. I was so frightened when I first learned about all of the secondary health effects when someone has sleep apnea. Who knew I was putting my body through all that disruption, yikes.

  2. Kaila
    Thanks for the comment. Sleep apnea is really bad news
    thanks again